Chinese netizens have begun a viral campaign to post photos of local government buildings. Chinasmack has translated some of the comments and posted photos from some of the country’s most popular BBS forums here.
My friend Mike and I would always harp on the excessive brutishness of China’s government buildings. Discussing our own experiences travelling throughout the country, we came up with a set of laws:
1. In any given city, county, or dirt road village, the three nicest buildings in town will be the government office, the State Grid electric office, and the China Telecom office (all state-run).
2. Of each government building, 7 out of 10 offices are empty or unused.
3. Of the 3 in 10 offices used, the three principle activities being carried out inside will be (1) smoking cigarettes, (2) drinking tea, (3) napping. Honorable mention: playing ping pong, drinking baijiu, writing threatening letters to local land owners or environmental advocates.
4. Never forget that China’s government buildings primary purpose is intimidation to the masses, straight out of the old USSR handbook. “Look upon my works, ye mighty, and despair!”
6. For every Chinese that thinks of the buildings as excessive and wasteful there are two that are proud of its representing a strong China.